Venezuela beat Chile to reach first semis

SAN JUAN, (Reuters) – Venezuela reached the  semi-finals of the Copa America for the first time yesterday by  beating Chile 2-1 in yet another quarter-final upset.

Left-back Gabriel Cichero scored their winning goal nine  minutes from time, stabbing the ball home from close range after  Chilean keeper Claudio Bravo had parried a Juan Arango free  kick.

Centre back Oswaldo Vizcarrondo had given the Venezuelans  the lead with a header in the 35th minute, also from an Arango  freekick, before Humberto Suazo equalised for Chile in the 70th  minute.

Both teams ended the match with 10 men, Chile’s Gary Medel  and Venezuela’s Tomas Rincon sent off in the closing minutes.Venezuela will face Paraguay in Mendoza on Wednesday for a  place in the final.

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